Ever wondered what is fostering? If you’ve ever spent time with a foster carer then you’ll understand how unique and rewarding the whole experience of fostering can be.
There are numerous reasons why children and young people require foster care, and it is important to understand that each child is an individual and has their own story to tell.
As a leading independent fostering agency, we will always put the needs of the child first. This is why we provide a wide range of fostering services- to ensure that children and young people in foster care always have the best chance to lead a happy and healthy life.
From short-term fostering placements consisting of just a couple weeks, to much longer-term opportunities for children and young people who are unable to return to their own home, we are proud to be able to provide a wide range of fostering placements, as well as the highest level of support, training and financial incentives for people who are considering fostering a child.
There are many reasons why people foster or become a foster parent, but the main motivation has to be the chance to make a positive contribution to the life of a foster child or young person in foster care.
Day-to-day contributions can be as simple as ensuring they have breakfast in the morning and a hot meal in the evening, but the difference this makes to foster children can be enormous. Making sure they get to the doctors on time for their appointment or that they take a pen to school can significantly improve life chances and outcomes for children and young people in regards to health and education.
"Fostering is creating a caring home for children and young people, enabling them to develop and thrive."
By being the person who is there at key moments during their lives, to recognise and celebrate their achievement or commiserate in their failure, you are playing a vital role.
The journey from childhood to adulthood can be difficult and having a person to rely on to offer appropriate guidance makes all the difference – this person could be you.
Providing a sense of belonging is one of the most important gifts you can give. Creating opportunities for them to form close relationships and to feel valued by others in society is offering a fundamental essential to any child or young person’s sense of well being.